ESPN college basketball expert predicts Miami will upset USC in 1st round
ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas is projecting Miami to upset No. 7-seeded USC in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Bilas gave that prediction in an ESPN column on Monday where he picked the winners of every NCAA Tournament game.
Here’s an excerpt of Bilas’ thoughts on the Hurricanes’ matchup with USC:
“Miami is an old team, older than the Miami Heat. But, the Hurricanes have multiple playmakers and play a five-out motion offense that allows those playmakers to make plays. Kameron McGusty is a first-team All-ACC performer, Isaiah Wong is a shot-making wing, Charlie Moore is a gamer at the point and Jordan Miller is long and athletic and can drive it.”
That four-guard attack is exactly what Miami will try to use to get past USC. Forward Sam Waardenburg could also prove to be a mismatch with his outside shooting and passing ability.
KenPom is projecting a close game here — a 73-72 win for the Trojans. However, that prediction gives Miami a sizable 47% chance of pulling off the upset.
It’s worth noting Bilas does have the Hurricanes losing to No. 2-seeded Auburn in the Round of 32. Miami hasn’t made the Sweet 16 since the 2015-16 season.
Tipoff vs. USC is at 3:10 p.m. ET on Friday.